2007 Hyundai Azera: Desert crossing made easy
January 16, 2007
Went from L.A. to Phoenix yesterday in our Hyundai Azera. I hadn't driven it more than a few blocks prior to the trip and I came away pretty impressed with the Azera's level of refinement, performance and comfort. Anyone who thinks Hyundai is still a second tier brand compared to Toyota should drive the Azera.
Its V6 is as smooth as anything out of Japan and the shifts from the five-speed automatic are flawless. Throttle response is still a little slow, but once it downshifts the car really takes off. It's also quiet at 75mph and the seats felt fine after six hours behind the wheel. It averaged around 26mpg along the way and it made the entire 410 mile trip on a single tank. Its biggest flaw is an overly soft suspension although I'm guessing that most buyers would probably find it perfectly acceptable. It's a good deal for $30K.
Ed Hellwig, Senior Editor